Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias

Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias

by Thomas Kjeller Johansen
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Cambridge University Press
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Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias

The Timaeus-Critias is concerned with cosmology and Plato's claim that its central task is to articulate the way in which the cosmos manifests the values of goodness and beauty. This book examines this important dialogue in its entirety using current methods of Platonic scholarship. Arguing that Aristotle's physics is far closer to the Timaeus than usually realized, the study's other prominent findings reinforce the dialogue's essentially moral message, and clarify its literary character.

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ISBN-13: 9780521790673
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Plato's tales of teleology; 1. What is the Timaeus-Critias about?; 2. The status of the Atlantis story; 3. The status of Timaeus' account; 4. Teleology and craftsmanship; 5. Necessity and teleology; 6. Space and motion; 7. Body, soul and tripartition; 8. Perception and cosmology; 9. Dialogue and dialectic; Epilogue; Bibliography; General index; Index locorum.

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